Now in its third incarnation, The participants were selected from more than 600 entries following an international call for submissions.
From the paintings on display in the exhibition, one winner will be chosen by the distinguished panel of judges, all established artists: Marcus Harvey, Dan Hays, Mali Morris (RA) and Dai Roberts. They will select a winner and two runners up from the shortlisted works, with the winner receiving ‘ Hammerhead ’ (2010), a specially commissioned sculpture made and very kindly donated by Bill Woodrow RA. The prize giving will take place during the private view on Thursday 7th April at The Nunnery. The selected works on display offer a broad look at contemporary painting, ranging from the monumental, as seen in Tom Ormond’s ‘ The New Light of Tomorrow’ (2010), to the very dark, such as ‘ The Decomposition of Violets’ (2010) by Ben Walker. The exhibition also challenges the perception of what a painting is. Amongst the less conventional works on display are Daniela Sarigu’s, ‘ Loop’ (2010), which is made up of cut up strips of painted canvas sitting in a pile on the floor and Soheila Sokhanvari’s ‘ Not Dead Yet’ (2010), painted directly onto the hard cover of a book. Stephanie Moran, one of the two founding curators of the Prize, explains that “Every year the Marmite Prize gains more entries and more attention, and this year is no different. What’s so special about this painting competition is that it is open to everyone. We have established artists alongside emerging talent. Today’s prizewinners really are the future stars of the art world.\\\\\\\" Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite work via the ‘The Marmite Prize website.
There will be a programme of additional events accompanying the exhibition includinga Curators’ Talk on Saturday 16 April (3-4.30pm): Marmite Prize curators, Marcus Cope and Stephanie Moran, will discuss the exhibition and their ambivalent relationship with the idea of the Prize, and art prizes in general.
The Marmite Prize for Painting is featured as one of Saatchi Magazine's online top 10 international shows.